Panda Go Panda: Rainy Day Circus

Japan Release: 1973
Running Time:
38 minutes

Panda Go Panda: Rainy Day Circus

Japanese Title

パンダコパンダ 雨ふりサーカスの巻
[Panda-Kopanda: Amefuri Circus no Maki]

Distributor: Production:


A family of Pandas, a Papa and a Baby, live peacefully together with a young girl named Mimiko. One day, though, they are visited by a curious, young tiger. Turns out, the baby tiger is from a circus visiting in town by train. The family goes to visit the circus, locating the tiger's mother as well. Unfortunately, calamity later strikes as a sudden torrential rainstorm begins. This causes massive flooding in the area, causing the family to be concerened about the animals in the circus...


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International Title


Initial US Title

Panda! Go Panda!
US Distributor: Pioneer (2000) / Time: 75 Minutes

Alternate Titles

Panda Go Panda: Rainy Day Circus
[Literal translation]

The Adventures of Panda and Friends 2



Directed by Isao Takahata
Writing credits Hayao Miyazaki
Produced by Hiroshi Murakami, Yoshifusa Sanada
Music by Masahiko Satoh
Cinematography by Tatsumasa Shimizu
Film Editing by Kazuo Inoue
Production Design by Hisao Fukuda, Shichiro Kobayashi
Assistant Directors Tetsuo Kumazaki, Toshitsugu Mukaitsubo
Mimiko Kazuko Sugiyama
Papa Panda Kazuo Kumakura
Baby Panda Hiroko Maruyama
Baby Tiger Yoshiko Ohta
Nana Kazuko Yanaga
Cirucs Staff Yasuo Yamada
Circus Ring Leader Ayao Wada
Cop Yoshihito Yasuhara
- Eken Mine
- Osamu Ichikawa
- Reiko Seno
- Terue Nunami
- Tetsuya Kaji
- Yoko Yamaoka
- Yoneko Matsukane


DVDs and Blu-rays

United States Region 1 Panda! Go Panda! Pioneer (2000) Order
United States Region 1 Panda! Go Panda! Geneon (2005) Order
United States Region 1 Panda! Go Panda! Discotek (2012) Order
United States Blu-ray Panda! Go Panda! Discotek (2017) Order

Background and Trivia

  • Direct sequel to Panda! Go Panda! (1972). In fact, it's often been released on home video bundled with the earlier film, as is the case with the Pioneer and Geneon releases of the title.
  • Was released as part of the Toho Champion Festival, which bundled a variety of content together to create longer sessions for cinema goers. This movie was shown alongside Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973) and Prominent Youth! (1973).
  • Director Isao Takahata states that the story for the sequel started with the concept of the flood and then worked from there before it added elements like the circus. In fact, they received pressure to later remove the flood and focus solely on the circus angle, which Takahata refused. This trivia is noted in a 2001 interview with the director, found on the Panda! Go Panda! DVD.
  • Director Isao Takahata relates that unlike the first, which they had to repeatedly petition Toho to make, Rainy Day Circus came about because it was requested that a sequel be produced to Panda! Go Panda! (1972). As a result, when asked in an interview if they ever considered making a 3rd or 4th entry in the series Takahata said it was never considered as one was never requested. In retrospect, and during the same interview, Takahata said he felt bad for not trying to make a 3rd and states that had another entry in the series been requested they would have been quite happy to have made it. This 2001 interview is located on the Panda! Go Panda! DVD.